I always knew Mark would be an amazing father one day. From k's first day, he has been loving, attentive, gentle, hands-on and completely wrapped up in their world. He's really just a big kid, himself. He almost never turns down an opportunity to play whole-house hide-and-seek. The kids have schooled him in Guitar Hero, Dance Dance Revolution, and Mama Cook-off. He's always up for a game of catch, a bike ride and a cannonball contest in the pool. He's firm with them when he has to be and a big softie the rest of the time.
For everything you are to them and to me...happy Father's Day, Honey.
The truth is we are who we are, in large part, because of how we are raised. Mark and I have fantastic, loving fathers, who happen to be really good friends, too. Mark's dad was my dad's career mentor over the years. When we started dating, our parents were over the moon. When we got married, our families blended into one. We were raised with the same values and morals and are trying to pass them on to our children today.
Mark and his dad and his brother in the 70's:
I made this for Mark's dad for father's day. We call him Duz...a nickname that mark and his brother made up for him (their mom is called Muz) when they were kids. He really is a second father to me.
This is my sisters and I burying our dad in the sand. We spent 2 weeks at the beach each summer when we were growing up. I have the most wonderful, carefree, fun-filled, quality family time memories from those beach vacations. I think that's why Mark and I always love to take our kids there, too.
My father's day gift to my dad:
I cannot celebrate father's day without mentioning the third loving father figure in my life. He is my grandfather. At 94, he is the wise patriarch of our family. He has taught me so much. This is the gift I gave him for father's day:
Happy Father's Day (a day late) to all the dads out there!